Our Days, in Jellybeans

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Good morning! Today’s my birthday, and as you read this, I am off to pick my sister up at the airport and do some eating and shopping in London. I just wanted to write a note for today, to say that I am so thankful to be alive.

Last year around this time, I had a health scare that filled me with so much dread and really caused me to think about what it means to keep living each day. There is so much out there to discover, so much to feel and experience, and so many people to connect with. Not every day is a stellar one– some are incredibly painful, difficult or just dull– but I do my best to be present each day, paying attention to what and who is around me as well as what’s going on within me. I am not resentful of getting older. I am thankful to be here, and hope I am lucky enough to stay on this planet with the people I love for many more years.

I thought I’d share this video with you, a little meditation on intentionality in living, illustrated with jellybeans.

Today is a particularly good day for me to be alive– spending it with my family, in a beautiful and interesting place, enjoying some good food. What are you going to be enjoying this weekend? What do you want to spend your remaining jellybeans on?

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10 Responses to Our Days, in Jellybeans

  1. Joanna June 30, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    When I lived in the US for two years we had good medical insurance, thanks to the Danish company my husband worked for, but I could still see the effects of worries over medical bills that so many others had. One friend of mine had a congenital heart complaint that had been operated on and was therefore restricted in the jobs he could take, not because of the effort of the job, as he was now fit and well, but by the medical insurance they offered. I saw a lady on benefits being given incomplete treatment because she didn’t have health insurance and others who didn’t go to the doctors unless absolutely necessary. It makes me wonder why people are still so adamant not to have something like the NHS, which is actually cheaper than the American health system.

    • Joanna June 30, 2013 at 4:06 am #

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    • Joanna June 30, 2013 at 4:07 am #

      Try again! You know those days when you are not feeling your most eloquent – I’m having one of those :D. I do apologise for not first wishing you a wonderful birthday and I pray for an extra special time for you today. Have fun with your sister

  2. Anonymous June 30, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Have very Happy Birthday and GREAT time with your your sister!

  3. Hazel June 30, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Have a very Happy Birthday!Perfect weather for a birthday weekend- have fun!

  4. Anonymous June 30, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Happy birthday and many happy returns. Each day is a gift. Lina

  5. Natalie2b July 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Great visual for living with intention! Enjoy your time with family and happy birthday!

  6. lynnet July 3, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Happy birthday! You are God’s gift to many. I wish you more birthdays and blessings to come.

  7. lynnet July 3, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Happy birthday! You are God’s gift to many. I wish you more birthdays and blessings to come.

  8. Anonymous July 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Happy Birthday! A little late…but hope you enjoyed your day and had a wonderful time with your sister.

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